Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are the perfect comfort food for the health-conscious cook. They are high in vitamins A, C, B6 and E, plus fiber and manganese. You can mash them for holidays, roast them in casseroles, make them into classic pies or even turn them into cinnamon-sugar doughnuts. And they aren't all orange inside. The flesh can range from light beige to purple, which can make for some interesting-looking dishes. Find all the recipes and cooking tips you need in Food & Wine's guide.

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Coal-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Maximize the life cycle of a fire by cooking hardy vegetables like sweet potatoes directly in the coals. Buried in embers, sweet potatoes become meltingly tender and perfumed with smoky flavor. When they're done, brush away the ashes and any burned skin, leaving charred bits for textural and visual contrast. Crack open the skins, and the smoky flesh becomes the perfect canvas for spicy or sweet seasoned butters, a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

20 Simple Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potatoes are one of the most delicious, comforting, and easy-to-use fall and winter ingredients—sweet and savory, they're versatile, to boot. Sometimes, there's nothing cozier than a simple baked sweet potato, piping hot out of the oven. For an easy, healthy, nutrition-packed weeknight dinner side dish, it's hard to beat the savory-sweet creaminess of mashed sweet potatoes. Looking to include more sweet potatoes in your cooking repertoire this year? Here are 20 of our favorite simple and healthy sweet potato recipes for inspiration—try a sweet potato casserole, sweet potatoes with cider and brown sugar, and our best sweet potato pies to start.

Charred Sweet Potatoes with Elecampane Cream and Honey Gastrique

The flesh of whole roasted sweet potatoes has a natural caramel-y sweetness that lends itself perfectly to dessert. At Mettā in Brooklyn, chef Norberto Piattoni finishes the spuds over the coals, adding another dimension of flavor. Elecampane, an herb from the sunflower family, adds complexity to the whipped cream dolloped over top.Slideshow: More Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Mint–Pine Nut Pesto

This vegan and gluten-free gnocchi is surprisingly light and pillowy. Parisian chef Angèle Ferreux-Maeght binds the simple sweet potato dough with cornstarch instead of eggs. Slideshow: More Sweet Potato Recipes 

Sweet Potato Tots

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These sweet potato tots are unlike anything you can buy at the store. They have a crisp, cornmeal-dusted exterior while the inside tastes like the world’s best barbecue-flavored potato chip. We like our tots dipped in ketchup, but a spicy Sriracha mayo would be delicious, too. Slideshow: More Sweet Potato Recipes 
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Sweet Potato Cakes with Yellow Corn, Basil and Goat Cheese

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“A vegetarian dish can’t just be a throwaway or an incomplete thought,” says chef Sarah Rich of Rich Table in San Francisco. “It has to be interesting and satisfying like any other dish.” She and her husband (and Rich Table co-chef), Evan, bring that philosophy home with these crisp-tender sweet potato cakes topped with charred corn and crumbled goat cheese.Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners.

Breakfast Salad

The best part about breakfast salads is their endless possibilities; no two salads are ever the same. The ingredients in this recipe were inspired by leftovers in blogger Shelly Westerhausen's fridge, who recommends using this recipe as a starting point for any leftover foods. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes